An SD-WAN Can Cure Your Security Blues
An SD-WAN Can Cure Your Security Blues
/ Aug 28, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Cyber security remains a hot topic with nearly every IT and business leader that I speak with. In particular, there seems to be an intensified focus on network security. Security is typically deployed in layers (network, compute and application), and I expect that model to continue in the short-term, but given the fact that many…

When It Comes To SD-WANs, WAN Optimization Should Be A No Brainer
When It Comes To SD-WANs, WAN Optimization Should Be A No Brainer
/ Aug 14, 2017 0 COMMENTS

As someone who has been following enterprise WAN architectures for decades, I find their evolution fascinating, especially the number of new technologies that have been deployed in isolation. For example, WAN optimization and SD-WANs are often discussed as separate solutions.  From my perspective, I can’t fathom why a business would deploy an SD-WAN and not…

Application Availability is the Real Value of Active-Active Architectures
Application Availability is the Real Value of Active-Active Architectures
/ Jul 5, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Software defined WANs (SD-WANs) have gained market momentum so quickly because their value proposition is multi-faceted. Some enterprises have looked to SD-WAN as a way to dramatically lower network transport costs, while others are building SD-WANs to automate network operations. One of the more common use-cases I have seen is to shift toward an “active-active”…

The Thin Branch Should be Enabled by Elimination AND Consolidation of Appliances
The Thin Branch Should be Enabled by Elimination AND Consolidation of Appliances
/ Jun 12, 2017 0 COMMENTS

The concept of the “thin branch” enabled by simplifying infrastructure has been around for as long as there have been branch offices. Branch offices are typically a microcosm of the company headquarters, but without the necessary IT staff to run them. It’s common to find a myriad of network and security equipment in a branch…

2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
/ May 23, 2017 0 COMMENTS

SD-WANs have garnered a tremendous amount of interest from companies both large and small as they can significantly lower the costs and complexity of running a WAN. As businesses migrate applications to the cloud, they are increasingly embracing the cost advantages of broadband connectivity to connect users to applications. This is being driven not only…

SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
/ Apr 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to WAN architecture, there has been a debate that has raged on for decades.  Hub-and-spoke or fully distributed mesh, which is better?  Hub-and-spoke networks are certainly simpler to design and manage, but the downside is that all branch traffic needs to be backhauled through a central location. Consider a U.S.-based company with…

SD-WANs Are Necessary For Success With The Internet of Things
SD-WANs Are Necessary For Success With The Internet of Things
/ Apr 6, 2017 0 COMMENTS

It’s my belief that we will look back at 2017 as a tipping point for the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT has certainly been something that most business and IT leaders talk about, but to date, deployments have been limited to key verticals that have been connecting things for years, although we called it machine-to-machine…

Five New Rules For The WAN In The Digital Era
Five New Rules For The WAN In The Digital Era
/ Feb 28, 2017 0 COMMENTS

It’s safe to say that no one likes change. It makes us uncomfortable and puts us in positions that we are not familiar with. This is certainly true in our personal lives, but it’s also true in our jobs. It seems every time there is some kind of major technology shift everything changes, and IT…

SD-WANs Will Sail Right Past The “Trough of Disillusionment”
SD-WANs Will Sail Right Past The “Trough of Disillusionment”
/ Feb 16, 2017 0 COMMENTS

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is certainly the most iconic graphic ever created by an industry analyst firm. Second on that list is the Gartner Hype Cycle. Personally, I find the naming scheme of the elements of the Hype Cycle to be a bit trite, but each phase is fairly accurate. Technology innovation cycles start with…

Network Engineers – Don’t Let Manual Processes Be Your Kobayashi Maru
Network Engineers – Don’t Let Manual Processes Be Your Kobayashi Maru
/ Feb 7, 2017 0 COMMENTS

At the start of the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Lt. Saavik took a test known as the Kobayashi Maru.  The test was actually a trap to see how someone would handle a “no-win scenario” where any choice made would lead to a bad outcome.  In network engineering, a Kobayashi Maru-like scenario…